The adventure province once again shows its supremacy with its choice of competitive events available for open water swimmers (OWS) as the new Nelson Mandela Bay Aquaticsâ€™ (NMBA) sanctioned EC Swim Series gets under way on Sunday, 1st November at Settlers Dam just outside Grahamstown.
The EC Swim Series will become the only sanctioned OWS event in the Eastern Province where registered swimmers can obtain Swimming South Africa (SSA) qualifying times.
The EC Swim Series will be hosted by local non-profit sports company Zsports Events NPC which also manages the SPAR River Mile for NMBA and owns the fortnightly aQuellÃ© Ocean Racing Series in Port Elizabeth. The Series is scheduled to consist of 5 race days including 2 NMBA Championship events and takes place on Sunday 1st and 15th November in 2015 and again in January 2016 ahead of the NMBA OWS Championships being held on the first two weekends of February 2016.
The EC Swim Series, which is primarily focused on SSA registered swimmers, includes the Olympic 10km, the SSA OWS 5km and 3km, as well as a 1km swim and will be open to all open water swim enthusiasts offering a training base for triathletes and water polo players. See www.ecswim.co.za for further information. – Mike Zoetmulder